FEVER GRASS TEA
Lemongrass (or fever grass, as it’s called in the Turks and Caicos Islands) produces a tea that has a delicate lemon taste with a slight hint of sweet ginger, and a very aromatic floral fragrance. Smooth and fragrant when steeped as a simple cup of tea, it is known to help reduce blood pressure and reduce symptoms of stomach aches.
Research on Fever Grass
Fever Grass/Lemongrass is commonly known as cymbopogon citratus (or C. citratus), a tropical plant of the Poaceae family from Southeast Asia. A growing body of evidence reveals that C. citratus has high amounts of flavonoids and antioxidant properties that protect against reactive species involved in degenerative and inflammatory diseases. Studies also show that C. citratus extract has higher free radical scavenging activity than several other researched methanolic extracts, including Gomphrena globosa (or G. globosa).
C. citratus contains flavonoids, phenolic compounds, terpenoids and essential oils used in aromatherapy. Studies indicate that C. citratus has a number of pharmacological activities, including antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-amoebic and antidiarrheal properties.
Benefits of Fever Grass Tea
Helps with digestion
Rich in antioxidants
Regulates high blood pressure
Improves metabolism and burns fat
Promotes great skin and hair
Heals colds and flu
Relieves menstrual pain
Roriz et al. (2014). Pterospartum tridentatum, Gomphrena globosa and Cymbopogon citratus: A phytochemical study focused on antioxidant compounds.
Shah et al. (2011). Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus, stapf (Lemon grass).